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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers

(Wednesday, March 21st)

Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Philadelphia 0

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a concussion since mid-February, and picked up two assists as the New York Rangers blanked the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-0, at Madison Square Garden.

With the return of Shanahan, the Rangers got a tremendous boost for their playoff run as he has missed the last 15 games for New York. On February 18, Shanahan and Philadelphia's Mike Knuble were involved in a vicious collision in which both players were left with major injuries. Shanahan was removed from the ice immobilized on a stretcher.

"They geared up to play us and got a big emotional lift tonight," said Knuble. "They steam rolled us and took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized when they could."

Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season while Sean Avery scored two goals for the Rangers, who have won three straight and have points in 10 of their last 11 games.

New York remains in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference but the victory against Philadelphia pulled them to within a point of idle Tampa Bay, which currently occupies sixth place with 84 points.

Antero Niittymaki got the start between the pipes for Philadelphia and allowed five goals on 34 shots. The Flyers have now dropped five of their last six games.

Just 21 seconds into the contest, Todd Fedoruk of the Flyers and Colton Orr of the Rangers dropped the gloves. With both players huddled close, Orr managed to get his arms free and dropped Fedoruk to the ice with a quick right punch. Fedoruk was knocked out and needed to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.

"It's a tough game, but you don't want to see anybody get hurt like that," said Orr.

With the arena quiet after the Fedoruk incident, the Rangers brought the home crowd to their feet after Petr Prucha tallied his 19th goal of the campaign 3:40 into the contest. Prucha picked up a loose puck in the Philadelphia zone and from the slot, ripped a wrister that went through the legs of a defender and the pads of Niittymaki to make it 1-0.

New York went up 2-0 just 1:26 into the middle session on a power-play goal by Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers captain gathered the puck in the slot and spun around, firing a shot that hit of Philadelphia's Denis Gauthier's left leg and into the net past Niittymaki.

The Rangers used another power-play tally to take a three-goal lead with 12:10 remaining in the second. Avery controlled the puck along the right boards and skated out to the right circle, unleashing a wrister that sailed into the top left corner of the net.

Jed Ortmeyer's goal at 10:06 of the final frame made it 4-0 and Avery's second tally of the contest almost 2 1/2 minutes later accounted for the final margin.

Philadelphia had just two shots on goal in the third period.

Game Notes

Lundqvist now has seven career shutouts...The Rangers have taken five of seven encounters with Philly this season and eight of the last 12 overall matchups between the clubs...Matt Cullen, who assisted on Ortmeyer's goal, picked up his 200th career helper...Fedoruk was taken to a hospital for X- rays. Excluding short term memory loss, everything else checked out all right and he will remain in the hospital overnight for observation...Philadelphia center Mike Richards missed the game with a shoulder injury suffered Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

03/21 23:58:53 ET

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